Hampton Bays senior Willy Kraus wrestles Pioneer Senior High School's Kameron Riordan in the Division II 145-pound weight class of the New York State Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany on Friday, February 27.
Willy Kraus capped his high school career with another state appearance.
The Hampton Bays senior, the No. 10 seed (31-8) at 145 pounds in the Division II tournament, lost in a close 5-4 decision to No. 7 Ryan Nugent (40-8), a junior out of Section VI’s Newfane High School, in the opening round at the Times Union Center in Albany February 28.
Kraus went on to drop a 5-0 decision to No. 15 Kameron Riordan (46-5), a junior from Section VI’s Pioneer Senior High School in Yorkshire.
Westhampton Beach’s Jackson Hulse, the No. 14 seed in the Division I tournament, also went out in the first round.
The 170-pound junior with a 34-3 record this season fell 6-4 to No. 3 Tyler Albis of Section I’s John Jay Senior High School in East Fishkill. Albis (43-3), a senior, went on to win the state crown with a 9-1 major decision over Section I senior Quincy Downes (49-5) of Fox Lane High School in Bedford.
Hulse was Albis’ closest match of the competition. The senior secured an 11-7 decision and a pin at 1 minute, 11 seconds before his finals win.